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March 10, 2014

Headlines – March 10, 2014

News:

DOD budget: Expect big changes in five-year spending priorities -

Just before Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the U.S. Air Force budget director, walked into the Pentagon briefing room on March 4, an aide slipped him a note. 

Boeing reports wing cracks on 787 Dreamliners in production -

Boeing said March 7 that “hairline cracks” had been discovered in the wings of about 40 787 Dreamliners that are in production, marking another setback for the company’s newest jet.

 

Business:

Finmeccanica Seeks More Centralized Control -

In a bid to scramble back into profit, Italy’s Finmeccanica group wants to emulate its European neighbor Airbus and hand more power to its headquarters, cutting back the autonomy of its units. 

Newport News Shipbuilding: Carrier funding prompts head scratching -

This week’s rollout of the Defense Department budget prompted as many questions as answers about the U.S. aircraft carrier fleet and the status of future big-ticket jobs at Newport News Shipbuilding. 

Airbus CEO blames industry for ‘disappointing’ Eurofighter sales -

International sales volume for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft has not met with expectations despite a window of opportunity provided by developmental delays of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders told reporters in Washington March 7. 

Airbus aims to expand slice of smaller U.S. defense ‘pie’ -

Top Airbus executives on Friday said they still hoped to expand the company’s share of the shrinking U.S. defense market but did not see a large U.S. acquisition target in the near-term. 

Armed with new name, Airbus Group courts U.S. defense market -

Officials from Airbus Group — the European aerospace and defense corporation formerly known as EADS — are hoping a new name will help open up sales opportunities with the U.S. military. 

Taiwan faces tough choices after U.S. cancels F-16 upgrade -

The U.S. Air Force’s decision not to fund the Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite program that would have upgraded 300 U.S. F-16 fighter jets and 146 Taiwan F-16s comes as a blow to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

 

Defense:

Air Force left with little budget flexibility -

Air Force leadership spent months telling anyone who would listen that their budget would result in a smaller service today in order to afford modernization for tomorrow, and its budget delivered on that promise. But in an attempt to cut as deeply as possible to fund key priorities, the service has left itself in a precarious position as it heads into Congress to defend its decisions. 

Transit center ferries troops to, from Afghanistan -

Almost a year of complex coordination came down to a frenetic final month at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, where hundreds of soldiers and airmen worked to complete a transit hub by Feb. 1 to carry the U.S. through the waning days of the Afghan war. 

Proposed spy plane cuts have area around Beale Air Force base worried -

When the Defense Department last month announced plans to retire the Beale-based fleet of U-2 spy planes starting in 2016 in favor of drones to save money, people began to worry. As many as 1,070 people attached to the Marysville-area base and its U-2 mission – maintainers, pilots, contractors and medical personnel – could be affected if the spy plane is mothballed, according to federal and state officials. 

Hill AFB to repair, maintain robots -

Under a developing contract at Hill Air Force Base, the mechanical beings will be creating work for humans instead of taking it away.

 

Veterans:

Remains of Tacoma airman killed in 1969 will finally return -

More than 44 years after his plane was lost in combat during the Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force Capt. Douglas David Ferguson is coming home. 

Post-9/11 vet unemployment rate jumps to 9.2 percent -

The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans jumped in February, nearly erasing the gains of a few months ago, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show. 

More vets suffer from ALS, but the VA moves effectively to help -

Thomas Corbett may never know what – if anything – from his five years as a heavy-equipment mechanic in the Marine Corps brought on the disease that likely will steal from him the use of nearly every one of his muscles and, sometime in the next several years, his very breath.

Researchers link Iraq dust with some vets’ lung problems -

Researchers at Stony Brook University in New York have coined the term “Iraq-Afghanistan war lung injury” to describe respiratory symptoms developed by some veterans — and they have duplicated the problem in mice, using dust from Camp Victory in Baghdad.

 

International:

Germany receives final ASGARD-upgraded Tiger helos -

The German Army has received the last of 12 Airbus Tiger attack helicopters that have been upgraded to Afghanistan Stabilization German Army Rapid Deployment (ASGARD) standard, Airbus Group announced March 6.

 

Viewpoint:

A defense budget based on hope -

If, as the Obama administration is convinced, the United States will no longer conduct “long and large stability operations” in foreign countries, then the defense budget it has proposed for next year makes some logical choices. Troop strength, particularly in the Army, is being cut — to the lowest level since before World War II — so that money can be spent on new technology, cyber operations and special operations forces, which will be expanded.




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Headlines September 2, 2014

News: Debris yields clues that pilot never ejected - When investigators were finally able to safely enter the crash site of an F-15C “Eagle” fighter jet on the afternoon of Aug. 27, they made a grim discovery that concluded more than 30 hours of searching – the pilot never managed to eject from the aircraft.  ...
 
 

News Briefs September 2, 2014

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Unmanned aircraft partnership reaches major milestone

A team of research students and staff from Warsaw University of Technology have successfully demonstrated the first phase of flight test and integration of unmanned aircraft platforms with an autonomous mission control system. The demonstration marks a significant milestone in a partnership between the university and Lockheed Martin that began earlier this year. This is...
 

 

Raytheon delivers first Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missiles to US Navy

Raytheon delivered the first Block 2 variant of its Rolling Airframe Missile system to the U.S. Navy as part of the company’s 2012 Low Rate Initial Production contract. RAM Block 2 is a significant performance upgrade featuring enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver, and an improved control system. “As today’s threats continue to evolve,...
 
 
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Two Vietnam War Soldiers, one from Civil War to receive Medal of Honor

U.S. Army graphic Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and former Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam. The White House announced Aug. 26 that Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. A...
 
 

Sparks fly as NASA pushes limits of 3-D printing technology

NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector – a highly complex part that...
 




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